Day: February 12, 2013

What Did You Learn From the State of the Union

Did you watch the State of the Union address? I missed most of it because I was at work — just in case you missed it too — here is a quick recap for you that I found on

But don’t take their word for it — check out the speech yourself and make your own conclusions. The awesome thing is that with technology is that we can find the whole address on YouTube. I found a video link from the New York Times for you to view.

Just another reminder — I’m not too interested in the actual politics or having political debates  (I know its very hard to separate the two though) but these are issues that have a direct impact on your employees and likely even your business — and its on their minds. As a leader or HR pro, you should have it on your radar too and understand the impacts. Get the facts and listen to all sides of the commentary.

Making the HR connection,

On to the recap and some takeaways

With the recovery still weak, unemployment at 7.9% and the nation’s growth rate shrinking the last three months of 2012, the president and his team know much of his legacy may be dependent on helping reignite the economy. The president pushed for 15 manufacturing hubs to help spur high tech job growth.

  • Obama’s State of the Union address could have been a campaign speech from last year
  • While he did give a nod to the opposing party, some of his proposals are non-starters with GOP
  • Obama says proposals won’t increase debt, but officials won’t say how they’ll be paid for
  • President made it clear that if Congress won’t deal with issues, he’ll do it by executive order

via 5 things we learned from the State of the Union –

Watch the Address — State of the Union 2013: President Obama’s Complete Speech, With Annotated Analysis from the New York Times